Welsh Government DYSG eNewsletter: 27 March 2017 (Issue 490)

27 March 2017 • Issue 490




Cabinet Secretary announces new funding for musical instruments in schools

Every council in Wales is to receive an extra £10,000 to buy musical instruments for pupils, Education Secretary Kirsty Williams has announced.


Subject experts needed (General Qualifications)

Qualifications Wales is looking to commission subject experts with knowledge, understanding and experience of teaching and/or assessment for certain subjects.  

New mapping tool for the Digital Competence Framework (DCF)

Digital Pioneers have developed a new mapping tool for the Digital Competence Framework (DCF). It enables schools to cross-reference current teaching in subjects and years with elements of the DCF to show levels of DCF coverage, helping them plan to cover the full range of skills within each element over the course of a year. The tool will also help schools to spread DCF coverage more evenly across the school.

Learning Wales user testing

This short questionnaire will test how well the site is organised and help us make our documents easier to find. As part of ongoing improvements we may send out further questionnaires through Dysg. Your input is greatly appreciated!

Public appointments - chair and deputy chairs - Education Workforce Council, Teacher Education Accreditation Committee

We are looking for committed and capable candidates for the chair and deputy chairs for the Education Workforce Council Teacher Education Accreditation Committee (the “board”). Closes 31 March.

National Digital Learning Awards 2017

Shared a resource into the Hwb Community? Why not apply for the National Digital Learning Awards 2017. The closing date for applications is Friday 7 April at 4.00pm.

Teachers – We want your views

Take part in the consultation for new professional standards for teaching and leadership.  Find out what the new standards will mean for you and when they will apply.


Secure mail - Hwb Message Encryption

Hwb Message Encryption (HME) is one of the three enhanced controls, outlined in our information security guidance document, which can be used to provide an added layer of security to e-mail. HME only applies to e-mails which are sent from a Hwbmail account to an external e-mail account. For more information view the HwbMail Security Guidance .

Summer term HwbMeet events

Find out more about the tools Hwb has to offer and see examples of best practice using technology in the classroom. Book your place now for our summer term HwbMeet events:

  • Maesteg - 16 May
  • Brecon - 13 June


The Young Darwinian – Free resource for the classroom

An international journal for school student publications in science, natural history, maths, engineering and entrepreneurship.  Inspiring you to carry out projects and publish your own work, ideas and experiences.  

Welsh synthetic voices 

Available free of charge to schools, individuals and non-commercial organisations by emailing cymru@rnib.org.uk. The RNIB developed the voices with the text to speech software company IVONA, with financial assistance from the Welsh Government. The voices of Geraint a Gwyneth are useful for screen reading and reading websites and documents out aloud.

Ap Geiriaduron

This free app includes the Welsh standardised educational term dictionary Termiadur Addysg. It’s available for Apple iOS, Android mobile and Kindle. Even when you’re not online, you can check and translate thousands of the English and Welsh words you’re likely to need for your school work and homework.

CIWB - editions 15 & 16

For KS3 Welsh Second Language learners - find out more

other news


UK German Connection 

Applications close 31 March 2017

UK German Connection are offering summer courses in Germany for pupils (Year 10 and 12) and teachers (as group leaders). . You can apply online using the following links:

The German Teacher Awards 2017

This year’s Awards looks to celebrate the achievements of teachers of German across the UK. The application window for the Awards closes on 1st May 2017. 



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